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Russian Security Forces Detain N Korean Fishing Vessel After Violent Clash

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The Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) detained a North Korean vessel for illegal fishing in the exclusive Russian economic zone in the Sea of Japan, killing at least one crew member, the body said in a statement.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The Russian border patrol ship stopped the North Korean fishing boat to conduct a search on Friday evening at 10:20 p.m. Moscow time (19:20 GMT), but faced an aggressive resistance of the members of the crew, according to the statement. The Korean vessel, carrying 48 crew members, started to move out of the Russian territorial waters, while the fishermen attempted to attack the patrol officers.

"In order to prevent the attempt of violent seizure of firearms and to protect Russian security officers from life endangering attacks of the North Korean crew, the Russian FSB servicemen fired several warning shots and then opened fire from small arms. Nine crew members of the intruder-ship were injured, one of them later died," the statement said.

As a result of the incident one FSB officer got a head injury, according to the security body.

FSB informed the North Korean Consulate General about the use of weapons.

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